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From the websites The Oregon Trail was much more than a pathway to the state of Oregon; it was the only  practical corridor to the entire western United States. The places we now know as  Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho and Utah would probably not be a part of the  United States today were it not for the Oregon Trail. That's because the Trail was the only  feasible way for settlers to get across the mountains.  The journey west on the Oregon Trail was  exceptionally difficult by today's standards. One in 10  died along the way; many walked the entire two-thousand miles barefoot. The common  misperception is that Native Americans were the emigrant's biggest problem en route. Quite  the contrary, most native tribes were quite helpful to the emigrants. The real enemies of the  pioneers were cholera, poor sanitation and--surprisingly--accidental gunshots. The first emigrants to go to Oregon in a covered wagon were Marcus and Narcissa Whitman  who made the trip in 1836. But the big wave of western migration did not start until 1843, when  about a thousand pioneers made the journey.  That 1843 wagon train, dubbed "the great migration" kicked off a massive move west on the  Oregon Trail. Over the next 25 years more than a half million people went  west on the Trail. Some went all the way to Oregon's Willamette Valley in  search of farmland--many more split off for California in search of gold. The  glory years of the Oregon Trail finally ended in 1869, when the transcontinental railroad was 
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2010 for the course ENGL 666 taught by Professor Kahn during the Spring '10 term at Abilene Christian University.

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